A friends' mother has a 1995 Mystique for sale that she bought used four
years ago. I was looking at it today and commented to my buddy that besides
having such high mileage (200,000 + kms), that the car was in pretty decent
shape and very clean. His mother is only asking $1100 for it, the car is
inspected until Sept. 2006, it has AC that works, some power options and the
interior is spotless. He said the only thing wrong with the car, and it had
done this since his mother bought it, is the following.
If you accelerate heavily, the transmission will not shift out of first
gear. It will shift if you let up on the throttle, but if you floor the
throttle pedal, it refuses to shift from its current gear. It will redline
until the throttle is backed off, and then it upshifts. I didn't ask to
take a drive in the car, but the way he described the problem, you almost
have to drive it as if it were a manual transmission, listening to the revs
of the engine and letting up on the throttle when it should automatically
shift gears. He said the transmission does not slip or make any odd noises
and also said that if you floor it on pavement, the transmission will spin
the tires. It also downshifts correctly, and he said it has been doing this
since she bought the car, she just learned to let up on the throttle. So,
it doesn't sound like anything mechanically related is at fault. To me, it
sounds like a faulty VSS or some other type of electronic sensor or
component. Once it reaches its overdrive top gear, it drives perfectly.
If anyone who has come across some or all of these symptons on either a
Mystique or Contour and knows the solution, I would appreciate hearing from
you. BTW, this is a 4 cyl., 2.0L engine.